I Will Fly: A Collection of Poems
I Will Fly is a collection of 52 poems which bring to life a story of struggle and hope, the struggle of ordinary Cameroonians who daily entertain hardship, and of English-speaking Cameroonians born into a minority population. Disgruntlement leads to protests; but what happens when the protests fail to yield? Immigration and resignation, the latter, at times, becoming an invitation to death. Adventure and romance stand as the lifeline of others. Hope is a constant companion in these situations, inviting all and sundry to desist from giving adversary easy victories.
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Book II Waste
Book III Accusation
Book IV Protests
Book VI Light for Africa
absence of power Africa bars beer bottles Big words birds Black and Gold bone Brother brother’s buried calm my headache Cameroonians can’t colours completion point dancing Dimples door dreadlocks drop of ocean dust earth empty excipient eyes fast feet fingers five cars flames Florence Ndiyah God’s Golden Eggcups head Hold my hand Hope house built I’ve Israel Iwill go Iwish know I’m going land Leave Lest let today light little house live Love burns luggage mango minute of silence mother mouth Never knowing never to wish paper parcels pluck poems pray promises Protests refrigerator remember road roam She’s Side of Night Sighing sleep snail shell Someday stand stare stranger streets swallowed tablet tomorrow will lend tongue unfertilised egg wail wait walk want never want to arrive wind wish for yesterday woman women women’s words wouldn’t yearn yesterday Since tomorrow